Praying at Home Today: Thursday 15 April 2021
Praying at home today:
Lent and Eastertide reflecting the human experience of pain and joy
A warm welcome to PrayingAtHome.com, where you can find worship resources for praying at home today or wherever you are.
We hope these readings, prayers, music and the short reflection will help you stay in touch with the Church and to sustain you on your journey through life.
Opening to the Word
You can spend a few moments in silence,
focussing on your breathing
to become more mindful of the present moment
and to open yourself more fully
to God’s presence within you.
Christ is risen, alleluia.
He is risen indeed, alleluia.
Offer right sacrifices,
and put your trust in the Lord.
Sacrificate sacrificium justitiae,
et sperate in Domino.
Offrez des sacrifices conformes à la justice
et confiez-vous en l’Eternel.
The Liturgy of the Word
Here are today’s Bible readings.
You can read just one, or all three if you have time.
One link to all three readings
Separate links to each reading
Strange readings for Eastertide?
At a first look, today’s Bible readings look as though they’re from Lent.
we have disobeyed his voice
we have sinned, we have done wickedly
O Lord, hear; O Lord, forgive
Aren’t we meant to be in a season of unremitting joy? There’s not much to be joyful about there!
And yet, these can be seen as but two sides of the same coin.
To quote a well-known song:
There should be laughter after pain.
There should be sunshine after rain.
These things have always been the same.
So why worry now.
Dire Straits, Why Worry
In fact, if we think of the 40 days of Lent and the 50 days of Easter as one longer unit, i.e. a quarter of the year, then it may make more sense.
Our Short Reading speaks again about trust. We are called to make right sacrifices (or “sacrifices that conform to justice”, as the French translation puts it).
Then our hearts will be in the right disposition for the deeper, rich experience of pain and joy, death and resurrection, like the grain of wheat that has to fall into the earth and die; only then can it bring about a rich harvest.
Music for reflection
We pray at home today, bringing before God the needs of our world:
- for all in sorrow at this time
that they may be comforted
- for all experiencing the joy of new life
- for a fair distribution of the Covid-19 vaccine
- that we may bring healing and hope to others.
(In Holy Trinity, Stirling, we invite you to pray today
for Cathy Johnston, our Lay Representative.)
For all who have asked for our prayers.
a moment of silence
Pray for us all
The Lord’s Prayer
We can say the Lord’s Prayer in any language or version we choose.
Here it is, in English, Latin and French.
Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name.
Your Kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins,
as we forgive those
who sin against us.
Lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom,
the power and the glory are yours,
now and for ever.
Pater noster, qui es in cælis;
sanctificetur nomen tuum:
adveniat regnum tuum;
fiat voluntas tua,
sicut in cælo, et in terra.
Panem nostrum cotidianum da nobis hodie:
et dimitte nobis debita nostra,
sicut et nos dimittimus debitoribus nostris:
et ne nos inducas in tentationem:
sed libera nos a malo.
Quia tuum est regnum,
et potestas, et gloria, in saecula.
Notre Père, qui es aux cieux,
que ton nom soit sanctifié,
que ton règne vienne,
que ta volonté soit faite sur la terre comme au ciel.
Donne-nous aujourd’hui notre pain de ce jour.
Pardonne-nous nos offenses,
comme nous pardonnons aussi à ceux qui nous ont offensés.
Et ne nous laisse pas entrer en tentation
mais délivre-nous du Mal.
Car c’est à toi qu’appartiennent le règne,
la puissance et la gloire
pour les siècles des siècles. Amen.
in your great goodness,
grant that we, as pilgrims through the Easter mysteries,
may hold them fast in our lives;
through Jesus Christ, our Lord,
who lives and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God,
world without end.
Returning to the world
Let us bless the Lord.
Thanks be to God.
Thank you for joining us in praying at home.
Oremus pro invicem.
In these strange times, we are called to trust
There are several books by Brother Roger of the Taizé Community from many booksellers.
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Praying at Home Today: Acknowledgements
In that lectionary, the readings are in the following order: Old Testament reading, Psalm, New Testament reading; we have changed the order to the more usual OT, Psalm and NT.
English Bible texts are usually from the New Revised Standard Version Bible: Anglicised Catholic Edition, copyright © 1989, 1993, 1995 the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
Latin Bible texts are from Biblia Sacra Vulgata, and are in the Public Domain.
French Bible texts are usually from Version Segond 21, copyright © 2007 Société Biblique de Genève by Société Biblique de Genève.
Images, unless otherwise stated, are from lockdown in Scotland, by Alistair Warwick.
Music engraved by The Art of Music.
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